On Yoenis Cespedes in Boston: “He marches to his own drum and the coaches all hate him”


From all indications, it sounds like Yoenis Cespedes’ time in Boston is going to be brief.

Acquired from the Athletics in the Jon Lester deal in July, Cespedes has one year remaining on his contract and recently aligned himself with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports. This would appear to indicate that he hopes to make a big splash in free agency next winter. However, Bill Madden of the New York Daily News wrote yesterday that the unlikelihood of a contract extension isn’t the only reason the Red Sox will likely trade Cespedes this offseason:

Two other reasons the Red Sox are open to dealing Cespedes are his open disenchantment with Boston and his refusal to pay any heed to their coaches. “He marches to his own drum and the coaches all hate him,” said a Red Sox insider.

Well, that’s pretty harsh. We’re used to seeing the Red Sox use anonymous sources to bash players on the way out of town, but they might have jumped the gun here. It doesn’t do the Red Sox any good to say negative things about him before they attempt to trade him.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”